Ain't Them Bodies Saints

A date movie for those who like their passion slow-burning and risky and their storytelling laconic and moody. Bob (Casey Affleck, whose voice and manner seem to hail from the Great Depression) is an outlaw who winds up in jail for a crime he didn't commit (plus maybe some he did). Why did he take the rap? For love. When his wife Ruth (a soulful and sad Rooney Mara) bears his child while he's locked up, Bob's longing to see them is such that he breaks out of jail and heads for home. Bob knows in his heart that love will conquer all. Some other folks have other ideas. Director David Lowery does a fine job of letting you know just as much as you need and no more, lest you mistake this for a crime drama instead of a love story with bullets. And it's a near thing deciding whether cinematographer Bradford Young or composer Daniel Hart does more to contribute to the pretty unprettiness of things. 2013.

2.0 stars

— Matthew Lickona

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